There’s a Czech proverb that says, ‘You live a new life for every language you speak’. This gives a hint of the way learning a new language can change your life and career. It’s not just a different set of words for the things we know, it’s a whole new way of thinking about those things. It isn’t just a means to talk to a new group of people, though that is an incredible ability in itself; It is a way to see the world through their eyes and to understand it as they do. It’s a way to know the objectives and motivations of speakers better – An edge that can be invaluable.
The business advantages of learning a language
We know that a lot of business is about negotiation, relationships and mutual understanding. In that context, language builds bridges unlike anything else. If you can talk to someone in their own language, you can relate to them in a way that no foreign-language speaker can. Trust and loyalty are built faster, working relationships grow faster and friendships are rooted deeper. That’s why most companies and 75% of online consumers prefer to do business with someone who speaks their own language.
The advantage of speaking a second language in business can’t be underestimated. You can reach out to stakeholders new and old in ways that you could not before and access whole new markets more effectively with less effort. That is not to speak of the extensive personal benefits. Travelling regularly to a particular country is a much more enriching experience when you can talk easily with the locals and converse with your nearby connections on a deeper level.
What is the best way to learn a language?
Answering this question is like telling you the best way to live your life. There are no right and wrong answers, everyone does things in their own way and what works for some may not for others. That is why tailored one-to-one courses are so effective. There are some general rules though:
• Pay the same amount of attention to your speaking, listening, reading and writing.
• Vary your learning methods – Don’t just read a list of phrases back to yourself for example.
• Immerse yourself in the language and use it whenever possible.
• Be confident and don’t be afraid to ask people to slow down for you.
• If you are learning for professional reasons, learn to use a formal register and come to understand the cultural approach to politeness. This will prevent a lot of misunderstandings.
While these rules are generally true, there is a lot about language learning that is relative, especially concerning the learner. Fortunately, the highly qualified and well-experienced teachers at our Language Learning Lab know this and adapt to each learner, working with you to quickly find the methods that work best for you.
It’s always important for a teacher to adapt in this way, including,
Adapting to your level
Have you ever started a pre-designed course or downloaded an app and found yourself going over things you have already learned? This wastes everyone’s time and slows you down from achieving your goals. A good teacher, by contrast, will rapidly come to understand where you are on your language learning journey and find the best next steps for you. This is not as straightforward as you might initially think. As a person could be good at one skill and bad at another, or they might have learned some bad habits that are holding them back.
Adapting to your objectives
There are endless reasons people could want to learn a language. Just in the realm of business, the number of goals a person might have is huge. A trader might want to negotiate better with French sellers, an entrepreneur may want to build a stronger network in China or an engineer may want to get involved with the general chit-chat of their colleagues when they visit Germany. Each of these goals requires a different teaching approach focusing on different word sets, learning areas and contexts.
Adapting to you
Of course, there are many more things to adapt to when teaching a learner at the highest level. Personal talents and individual learning preferences are two. One person may be a highly visual learner, good at reading and relating terms to seen objects, while another gets great results from listening and stimulating conversations. Good teachers can almost naturally adapt to these peculiarities and the many other unique requirements of their students.
This adaptation to you is a major part of what sets teaching services like WoW Words’ Language Learning Lab apart from the many apps and pre-defined courses to be found on the internet.
The Language Learning Lab and teaching for business
The Language Learning Lab is WoW Words’ specialist teaching service targeted specifically at teaching new languages to professionals. The teachers all possess outstanding skills and much experience of teaching students in a professional context.
You can learn the way that you want and need, because they appreciate the importance of adapting to your ideal learning method.
You can achieve your specific goals because our teachers take them onboard and orientate your classes around them.
You can really learn your way because our highly experienced teachers adapt naturally to the learner.
The Language Learning Lab offers tuition on a one-to-one basis in the following languages:
Whatever your profession, if you believe you would benefit from a better grasp of any of these languages, and if you are ready for the adventure of learning a language, get in touch today or book a free pathfinding session.